Can canned tuna giant Bumble Bee recover from bankruptcy and scandal?

By Brittany Meiling, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

Published in Business News

If we can hold onto those consumers after COVID through some of these advertising campaigns, creating relevance, talking about our sustainability, addressing our issues - that creates a very long runway for this category, which I am really optimistic about. If you look at the economy, I don't think things will turn around overnight. But I think we have a perfect product to put on the shelves across the world.

BIO BOX: Jan Tharp

Age: 51

Time at Bumble Bee: Before she was appointed president and CEO in 2018, Tharp previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Bumble Bee. She's served in various leadership roles at the company beginning in 2010.

Former employer: StarKist

Education: Tharp holds a master's of business administration from Columbia University and London Business School, and a bachelor's degree in packaging engineering from Michigan State University.


Fun fact: Jan's dad worked in the San Diego tuna factories in the 1940s

Favorite book: "The Book of Joy" by Desmond Tutu and Dali Lama XIV

Fun fact during COVID: I'm trying to be the North County cornhole queen

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